Friday, April 12, 2013

Does She Realize??

Oklahoma's deeply problematic G.O.P. Governer Mary Fallin may not realize the sh*#storm of Okie slacktivism she hath (or will hath) rained down upon her re-election chances in 2014 by choosing not to renew the Flaming Lips' anthem "Do You Realize??" as the official State Rock Song. This story broke yesterday, mere years after her fateful decision was made. And don't think this blasphemy will go unnoticed. Well, further unnoticed. One can already feel the low, sleepy rumble of hipsters, stoners, and stoner-hipsters across the panhandle state waking up to the revocation of our state's token gesture to the fragile self-image of many of its kindest, gentlest citizens.

And when I say "our state," well...I've lived here six years. It's mine more than any other, by now.

Yes, I realize...

Sh*#'s about to get real down in here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

And the Award for Best Use of a Hitler Mustache Goes to...

I have to give a shout out to the Daily Show's graphics department for a couple of excellent touches on last night's program, during the bit about Egypt's legal charges leveled against satirist Bassem Youssef. Throughout the bit they used a parody of the cover from Morrissey's (brilliant!) debut solo album Viva Hate...

...replacing Morrissey's name with the surname of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:

That visual pun made me smile. Later in the bit, there's a joke about how breastfeeding is the superior method for nursing your children on Zionist and Jew hatred, as compared to feeding the kid Gerber's "Elders of Zion Formula." The graphic showed a canister of the formula, and the little Gerber's baby logo had been given a tiny Hitler mustache. I almost didn't see it, but when I did...well, it was the perfect touch. Well done Daily Show Graphics Team! You deserve a raise.

You can see both moments in this clip. (Damn you, Blogger, for disallowing the embedding of video clips from sites not owned by Google. That's exceedingly lame.)

All of which inspires me to share this delightful Morrissey send-up from Sparks:

UPDATE: While I'm shouting out to obscure media craftspeople I'll never meet, let me give kudos to the CNN headline writer who came up with this extremely informative, highly nuanced headline today: